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“When I said I didn’t know about the law I was told that ignorance of the law is not an excuse.”
Question: I found out that I couldn’t throw away paint cans in the trash the hard way. I received a citation and the paint cans back. I told the person handing me the citation that I didn’t realize there was such a law. I just moved into a place with two roommates and we are all just now 18 years old. When I said I didn’t know about the law, I was told that ignorance of the law is not an excuse. What does that mean exactly, and why am I in trouble for something I knew nothing about?
Las Viajeras end of year meeting
Las Viajeras Study Club met for their end of year meeting Monday, May 11th at the Central United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Hostesses were Margaret Adamson, Mary Jo Ondracek and Sharon Wilson. The evening began with a salad supper enjoyed by all.
Texas has second highest number of confirmed swine flu cases in U.S.
On Monday, the World Heath Organization (WHO) reported that 62 countries have officially classified 17,410 cases as influenza A (H1N1) infection, swine flu. Mexico has reported 5,029 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 92 deaths. The United States has reported 8,975 laboratory confirmed human cases, including 15 deaths. The stage 5 alert issued by WHO continues to be in effect. The United States continues to surpass Mexico in the number of confirmed cases.
5th grade students get ready for junior high
Dalhart Intermediate School 5th graders attended a junior high orientation on May 21st. The orientation lasted most of the afternoon and students learned a great deal about what to expect this next school year.
Dalhart Junior High School is comprised of sixth, seventh and eight grade students. Each incoming class of 6th graders was treated to a grand tour of the new school, which was once home to the high school. The tour included meeting Principal John Machel and all of the teachers they will have next year.
Bill Cunningham elected President and CEO of Dalhart Federal
The Boards of Directors of Dalhart Federal Savings and Loan Association, Dalhart Federal Mutual Holding Company, Dalhart Federal Corporation, Texas Panhandle Title Company, Inc. and Progress Resources, Inc. have elected William A. “Bill” Cunningham as President and CEO of all companies. Bill has served on the board since October 10, 1985, and joined the Association as Executive Vice President and General Counsel in June 2003.
H & R Construction and the Hanbury Family sponsored the May Senior Meal cook-out
H & R Construction and the Hanbury Family sponsored the May Senior Meal cook-out. The meal was held during the lunch hour at the Dalhart Senior Citizens Center on Thursday, May 21, 2009. The afternoon luncheon cook-out was a success with favorable weather, which made the event a perfect day.
Kids shine in elementary school talent show
Youngsters from Dalhart Elementary School wowed the crowd on Friday afternoon, May 22nd. Twenty-five students braved the huge audience to demonstrate their talents. The crowd included the entire DES student body, teachers and proud family members.
Capital Farm Credit awards the Burke Bell Memorial Scholarship to Jennie S. Spurlock
Capital Farm Credit (formally First Ag Credit) Dalhart Credit Office recently awarded the Burke Bell Memorial Scholarship to Jennie S. Spurlock. This is the 23rd year the scholarship has been awarded to deserving graduating high school seniors. The $1000.00 scholarship is named in honor of Burke Bell who served as manager of the Federal Land Bank Association of Dalhart from 1960 to 1982.
Hug-a-Tree and Survive training at elementary school
DeNisa Brown, a paramedic with EMS, and her bloodhound, Max, and Kelly Gallaway, Trauma Coordinator for Coon Memorial Hospital visited the students at Dalhart Elementary School on Thursday, May 21st. The purpose of their visit was to speak with the youngsters about how to be safe if they ever get lost.
DPS helicopter thrills youngsters
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter landed at the airport in Dalhart on Thursday, May 21st. The brief visit to Dalhart allowed children in the head start program at Dalhart Elementary School to see what a super high-tech aircraft looks like up close.
Vasquez signs for collegiate basketball
Adriana Vasquez, 5’10” post from Channing, will be dunking the ball at Frank Phillips College this fall.
Adriana has played exceptionally well all four years at Channing. She averaged 17.8 points and 12.3 rebounds this year per game.
A new journey begins
The senior class of Dalhart High School and the XIT Secondary School graduated on Friday evening, May 29th at the football stadium. This year’s graduating class had 98 members who proudly entered the stadium before parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors. The graduation ceremony marks the beginning of a new journey for the students, as they enter young adulthood.
The Dalhart Area Fine Art Association began the new year with focus on sketching and drawing. They were instructed in charcoal by Gloria Black and colored pencil by Mary Cundiff. Chris Byrd gave the lesson in color and creativity in April. The artists used a new plastic paper called Yupo. These paintings will last at least 200 years on this material. All the paintings were a wonderful example of the abilities and creativity of the members.
Stephanie Gerald (White) receives Associate Degree
Stephanie Gerald (White) receives an Associate Degree
Dalhart Christian Academy Honor Roll
First Grade – A Honor Roll: Abbie Coffee; Mackenzie Crosby; Bailey
Dettle; Spencer Holt; Kaden Kemp; Ryan Miersma; Yeager Pfannstiel;
Hannah Shugart; Hunter Sundvahl
Lakeview United Methodist Church tea party
A Tea Party was given on May 11, for the ladies and their guests of Lakeview United Methodist Church. The tables were decorated with antique cups and saucers, lacy handkerchiefs and antique jewelry. Guest were served finger sandwiches, fruit, and sweet treats with hot and iced tea. After refreshments were served, the ladies played games. The party was hosted by Ann Hills, Linda Clements and Clara Franklin.
Ready, Set, Jump In! The pool is ready
Summer is here! The Dalhart pool is full and ready to welcome swimmers and sun bathers! Opening day will be May 30th. The manager for the season will be Delilah Gonzalez.
Dalhart Independent School District Superintendent David Foote reflected on the 2008/09 school year this week as the year nears its end. Many events and activities stood out in his mind as milestones that the district has passed. Many of those events have made the news in the past year, but some have occurred more behind the scenes, nonetheless important.
Rockets skyward at DJHS
Anyone near the Dalhart Junior High School last week may have spotted what appeared to be a small UFO at the back of the campus. Many UFO’s, as one after another flew across the field directly behind the school. The mysterious airborne objects flew hundreds of feet into the air before returning to the field.
Class of 2021 graduates at Dalhart High School
Commencement ceremonies for the graduating class of 2021 were held at Dalhart High School on Thursday, May 28th. One hundred and seventeen students, mostly six-year-olds, were honored. The commencement is the first to be held at the new high school.